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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Brad Thomas knows Donald Trump’s secrets

Spartanburg business and finance writer Brad Thomas has written a book on the GOP presidential nominee and businessman that reportedly reveals the secrets behind Donald Trump’s businesses and his brand.

Anarchy in the UK?

Upstate business leaders predict uncertainty and opportunity after last week’s Brexit vote

Spartanburg Area Chamber to launch Political Leadership Institute

SPLI is designed to educate current and potential elected officials about the election process and what it means to be a public servant.

Candidate Tracker 2016

The GOP candidates are swarming the state in advance of the S.C. primary -- find out where they'll be and when.

Lindsey Graham secures federal funding for Greenville Courthouse

A spending bill Congress is set to vote on today contains $92 million in funding for a new federal courthouse in Greenville. The total cost of the new Greenville Federal Courthouse is expected to be $103 million.

State’s jobless rate falls below pre-recession levels

The state’s jobless rate fell one-tenth of a point to 5.6 percent, the lowest since June 2007. It’s the fifth consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has decreased.

Some minority populations underserved by ACA

While more South Carolinians have health insurance this year than last, the Palmetto State still has the 11th highest uninsured rate in the country, and some communities are gaining ground faster than others.

ACA change spares midsize businesses from rate increases

Last week President Barack Obama signed a rare change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), stopping a federal mandate that insurers and business associations say would have raised insurance premiums on many businesses.

Carson talks health care at Upstate Chamber Coalition summit

When planning health care reform, policymakers must “make sure the peripheral effects are not harmful,” said Carson, referencing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, which requires a package of coverage beyond a certain number of employees. This requirement has helped stifle small business expansion, he said, which is “one of the reasons that our economy is so stagnant now.”

Fletcher beats incumbent, Doyle wins re-election in City Council race

Retired businessman George Fletcher and City Council incumbent Amy Ryberg Doyle both won seats on City Council.

Tacmed gets purchasing agreement with Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security chose Anderson-based Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. (Tacmed) as a prime vendor of individual first aid kits (IFAK).

Sales tax exemption for aircraft parts passed

Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a bill into law removing the state’s seven percent sales tax from owner-operator aircraft parts referred to as “FAA Part 91.” The change is expected to make South Carolina’s aviation maintenance and repair operations (MROs) more competitive with MROs in tax-exempt states, according to a release from the SC Council on Competitiveness.

Tax exemption helps nonprofits build more homes

Nonprofits building homes for low-income residents will get a sales tax exemption under legislation signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley last week. The law exempts nonprofits from paying sales tax on materials to build or repair homes for low-income individuals.

Graham wants to expand immigration

The nation is facing a shortage of workers in the future, Graham said. “So when you advertise for an American worker and you can’t find one … you can bring in temporary workers. That’s a win-win for us all,” he said.

Greenville to add criteria for Conditional Use Permits

New criteria added for Conditional Use Permits passed first reading approval this week by Greenville City Council. A Conditional Use Permit is required by the city when “a business or other use is allowed only upon Planning Staff determining that certain conditions have been met.”

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